Thursday, March 25, 2010

Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives, UNC Chapel Hill

POSITION: Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives
AVAILABLE: May 1, 2010

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an energetic, innovative, and collegial individual to serve as Head of the Carolina Digital Library and Archives (CDLA). The person in this position has the opportunity to build on a distinguished record of digital library accomplishments at UNC and to develop new programs and services for the Library and the campus community. Currently the CDLA has 6 permanent staff members and numerous project-funded staff and students.

The CDLA coordinates and provides digital library and preservation services in support of research and teaching at UNC. Working with faculty, students, and library staff, the CDLA develops, manages, and publishes digital content in curated scholarly collections, in focused library collections and exhibits, and in large digital repositories. The CDLA coordinates the development of policies and workflows for preservation of digital content across the campus and serves as the Carolina Digital Repository’s point of contact with its contributors and users. The CDLA maintains a broad array of digital conversion and ingest capabilities and equipment and provides production services for CDLA-managed and other projects. In support of scholarly and teaching use of digital materials, the CDLA maintains an active role in the development and support of tools used to explore, analyze, and interpret digital content. The CDLA also facilitates awareness and analysis of developments in the scholarly use of digital technologies and their application to library collections and services.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, the Head of the CDLA plays a key role in developing and implementing the Library’s digital library services in collaboration with Library Systems, subject librarians, and library specialists in metadata, research and instruction, collection development, and preservation. The Head of the CDLA establishes and tracks CDLA goals, resources, and work plans; supervises the heads of the Digital Publishing Group and Digital Production Center and the Repository Librarian; and ensures that the CDLA maintains responsive and effective mechanisms for consulting with faculty, staff, and students. The Head of the CDLA works closely with Library Systems to plan and implement the CDLA’s technical infrastructure and programming needs; monitors emerging developments in the use of digital technologies in the academy; works directly on selected digital library programs and projects; actively seeks and participates in the development of grant and donor-funded support for digital library and preservation programs; and represents and promotes CDLA programs in the Library, at UNC, and in the professional community.


Required: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience related to digital library programs in an academic research environment and a minimum of three years of management and supervisory experience. Must be conversant with digital library issues, including publication, production, and preservation. Substantive experience with the creation and ongoing support of digital collections, including use of standards, management of conversion and/or ingest workflows, and user interface design and usability assessment. Experience with and demonstrated commitment to user-oriented services. Broad knowledge of technical platforms supporting digital libraries, particularly those based on open-source technologies. Superior communication skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to set priorities and manage time. Demonstrated success managing people, projects and budgets. Record of professional activity and engagement. Leadership and a demonstrated ability to articulate priorities and values across a diverse constituency, including librarians, faculty, students, administrators and donors. Ability to build partnerships and work collaboratively.

Preferred: Grant-writing and/or grant management experience. Formal project management training. Experience with upgrading and migration of digital collections to new technologies. Experience working with open source software and the LAMP environment.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC-Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 27,000 students, employs more than 3,100 faculty, offers 77 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law, and the Library collections include over 6 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN). Together with the Health Sciences and Law libraries at Chapel Hill plus the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on April 14, 2010. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references.